By Sara Giza | Prestigious Properties
After the birth of their fourth child and the addition of a golden retriever, Jeremy and Danielle Hardy had officially outgrown their home. In 2015, they enlisted Daryl Hardy of Hardy Builders to create their dream space.
“We love our neighborhood,” says Danielle Hardy, “so when lots opened up in The Woods of Glen Oaks, we were so happy! We purchased a lot overlooking the woods. Our home was built with integrity and a watchful eye on every detail, but most of all, it was built with a lot of love.”
The 5,478-square-foot home has all the makings of an urban farmhouse. The main house has six bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. There is a separate apartment that has four rooms and one bath. The design aesthetic is a blend of Kentucky farmhouse and simple elegance. “We love having an open, central living room, kitchen and eating area for everyone to hang out in and be the central hub of the home,” says Danielle.
The children too have their unique living spaces. According to Danielle, “the girls are upstairs with their rooms, living area and bathroom. The boys are downstairs with the same setup. This allows for our children to have friends over and have their own entertaining spaces and yet still have the common area on the main floor for everyone to be together.” The mud room was also an absolute must. With the children in various sports and attending three different schools, the organization and “mom desk” is an essential part of the Hardy home.
“The part of the home we love the most,” enthuses Danielle, “may be our kitchen island. It is a beautiful Cambria piece that is always a gathering place for everyone. Honestly, the vision started with wanting a big table that we could all gather around, and the rest just grew from that. I could see this big table under a beautiful chandelier and all of my friends and family there together. This just made my heart warm.”
The Hardys opted to decorate their home themselves. It’s an eclectic mix. There’s an old scale from an antique store for the kitchen, an old oil can from a flea market that now serves as a vase, as well as some custom pieces that they made. There are little signs and sayings sprinkled among precious family photos. Everything in the house means something to them.
“We entertain quite a bit. In fact, we are a revolving door for people in and out, but we would not have it any other way! We host family gatherings, birthday parties, team dinners and impromptu neighborhood gatherings. We are deeply rooted in our neighborhood, our schools and our community. The doors are always open for a cup of coffee or a glass of sweet tea. The house has been such a blessing and we just love it here,” says Danielle.
Above all else, it’s clear that the people the Hardys share their home with is what truly makes it special and so full of love. VT